Counting the Risks: Pedestrian Safety in Harbord Village

On June 12, 30 volunteers counted wrong-way traffic and incomplete stops at Harbord Village intersections to better understand the risks to pedestrian safety. We spent from 7am to 10am and from 3pm to 7pm at eight residential street corners and the Harbord-Robert crosswalk. We recorded over 6000 events and were shocked at what we saw: 54 incidents of wrong-way driving, rolling stops nearly half the time at stop signs, and more than a third incomplete stops at the crosswalk.

UPDATE, 23 September 2018: The full report (by Merrill Swain and Julian Iacobelli) is now available online. It includes a table of the raw data, a transcription of all the volunteer comments, and a summary of the Transportation Committee recommendations.

Read the HVRA letter sent to City Council on 19 June 2018 asking for enforcement of existing laws, new street design and signage, a systematic and rigorous study of the issues, and education of the public about existing laws. It contributed to a vigorous discussion at Council, and resulted in recommendation of a streetlight at Harbord and Robert.

This initiative follows up a study by U of T Engineering students, and parallels other local initiatives to slow down traffic through speed humps and in-ground street planters.

For groups wanting to do similar studies, the Transportation Committee has supplied a How-To description, and also the check-off form used by volunteers.